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Beyond Sport Summit 2011 officially opens

The Beyond Sport Summit and Awards, the largest and most influential global gathering in the field of sport and development, officially opened on Monday 5th December in Cape Town, South Africa. Over a four-day period this week, Beyond Sport will welcome some of the most influential and forward-thinking global figures from the worlds of sport, business, politics and philanthropy. Ahead of the official opening of the Summit at 4pm on Monday, delegates took part in Beyond Football, a one-day special event focused on the role the world’s most popular game can play in social change.

Drogba receives Beyond Sport Award

Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has been honoured with Beyond Sport's Humanitarian in Sport Award supported by Virgin Atlantic, following in the footsteps of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Congolese ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and taking receipt of the Award in the week before the Beyond Sport Summit is staged in Africa for the first time.The Humanitarian in Sport Award supported by Virgin Atlantic, is a recognition of Drogba's work with The Didier Drogba Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as his unique place in Ivorian society.

Football League fans pick charity partner

The Football League is calling on fans to help select its Official Charity Partner for the 2012/13 Season - with the launch of a new online voting system.From 89 applications, six charities have been shortlisted to follow in the footsteps of Help for Heroes, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices - the previous and current League charities.? ?The 2012/13 shortlisted charities are: Anthony Nolan, British Heart Foundation, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, NSPCC, The Prostate Cancer Charity and St John Ambulance.?Alongside

London 2012 launches UK schools initiative

London 2012 has launched an initiative to encourage schools across the UK to support Olympic and Paralympic teams around the world in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer. The scheme will help students prepare for the arrival of athletes and visitors from around the world to their towns, cities and communities ahead of the Games. Launched to coincide with International Education Week, the new initiative called ‘Support a Team’ is a major new strand of Get Set goes global’, part of the official London 2012 education programme which aims to help students explore

Everton FC to open free school

Everton Football Club has become the first Premier League club in the country to be granted government permission to open a free school.The club's community arm, Everton in the Community, which has won a Sport Industry Award in both of the last two years, will open the government-funded school and will use the power of sport to engage pupils and their wider families with an alternative learning experience.The school, which will be located in Liverpool, is due to open in September 2012 wi

Faith leaders tour Olympic Park

As part of London 2012’s aim to make next year’s Olympic Games the most diverse and inclusive Games ever, leaders from the nine faiths which will be represented during the London 2012 Games have been treated to a tour of the Olympic Park.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Indarjit Singh, Director, Network of Sikh Organisations and Dr Nathubhai Shah, President of the Jain Academy UK were amongst the faith leaders and representatives who toured the Olympic Park and visited the Velodrome.

National Grid forms Special Olympic fund

Special Olympics Great Britain, the country’s largest sports training and competition programme for people with learning disabilities, has announced the formation of a new £100,000 Development Fund by its Premier Partner National Grid . The funds will be used to support projects within existing clubs and generate new clubs across the country.??Special Olympics GB CEO Karen Wallin said: ‘For nearly five years, National Grid has proven what its community programme can do for charities like Special Olympics GB.

Betfair commits £250,000 to grassroots racing

Betfair has announced it has agreed to contribute a further £250,000 to grassroots racing in Britain in 2012 via Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the largest racecourse group in the UK.? ?The commitment follows an investment of the same sum in 2011, which JCR has been passing straight through into prize money, on top of its own £15.7m contribution this year to support grassroots racing across all 14 JCR tracks.? ?As part of the arrangement, JCR will host the ‘Betfair Jumps Series’.

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